News about women and child- trafficking hog headlines in the media of late. This is the basic knot of Aanmai Thavarel, a film directed by Kuzhandhai Velappan and produced by Kamal Nayan, with Dhruv and Sruthi playing the lead roles.
Kudos to the filmmaker who, with a social responsibility, has touched up on the theme. Of course, the film gives a feel of watching a documentary , but at the same time it is interesting and convincing too.
Kuzhandhai Velappan succeeds in creating a magic with lesser known star cast. They have all fit the role well blending with their character to come up with a convincing performance. Maria Manohar's music, Arabindhu Sara's camera work and V J Sabu's editing deserve credit.
The story is- Vettri (Dhruva) is an executive in a call centre while Yamuna (Sruthy), his neighbour, works in a BPO. There is romance between them. One fine day Yamuna goes missing.
While the needle of suspection turns towards Vetri, he embarks on a mission to find his sweetheart. Coming to his help is Charles Antony (Sampathraj), an ex-official in the anti-trafficking cell of the police department.
Vetri digs the truth and finds out that Yamuna is actually kidnapped by a gang, which plans to push her in flesh trade. Was Vettri able to fetch her back is the climax.
There could be no fault in selecting such a bold theme as the film's knot. With the cast and crew giving their best, director Kuzhandhai Velappan could have made Aanmai Thavarel a much more interesting fare.